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Arts Council to cut Lottery grant schemes     

The Arts Council will next week announce the closure of the majority of its Mid and West Wales Lottery-based grant schemes.

From now on, arts organisations can only apply for funding of up to £5,000 for any special one-off activities they host. Grants for more than that amount will be scrapped.

The move follows a decrease in the funding received from the National Lottery by ACW at a time when requests for financial assistance are continuing to increase.

Out of the Lottery funding received by the Arts Council, 70% is allocated for capital projects - funding to maintain galleries and theatres.

The remaining 30% is divided into a number of schemes, but only the small grants scheme, which offers up to £5,000 for arts organisations to stage additional events to their main programme, will now be available in Mid and West Wales.

Projects in North and South Wales could also be affected in the future.

"We are very aware that this move will mean that many high quality projects may no longer go ahead," said ACW chief executive Peter Tyndall. "However we are taking steps to ensure that the situation is managed sympathetically in partnership with the organisations and individuals concerned.

"We hope that through practical assistance we will be able to minimise the effect the closure will have. We will still be able to support strategies that improve access to the arts and we have made additional funding available for those projects that are targeted at specific Communities First areas."

The Arts Council receives money each year from the Welsh Assembly Government, which provides grant aid and running costs to arts organisations across the country. That funding will not be affected.
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